Lawrence Replaces Gasteyer for 2/26 Lippa Concert

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Megan Lawrence, who was recently Tony-nominated for her role in the Broadway revival of The Pajama Game, has replaced the previously announced Ana Gasteyer for composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa's return engagement of  "Andrew Lippa, Asphalt Beach and Assorted Divas" at the Metropolitan Room this Monday, February 26, 2007 at 9:30pm.  Lippa will perform with Lawrence, Carly Jibson, Megan McGinnis and Kate Reinders

As with a previous December concert, the evening will culminate with songs from Lippa's newest musical Asphalt Beach – including the unveiling of some previously unheard selections. Asphalt Beach tells the story of what happens to the girls at Our Lady of Suppressed Desire Academy for Rambunctious Young Girls - a Catholic reformatory school in Asphalt Beach, New Jersey.

Lippa wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Wild Party (Manhattan Theater Club) which won the 2000 Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway musical of the season and the 2000 Drama Desk Award for best music. 2004 saw the premiere of Lippa's A Little Princess (book and lyrics by Brian Crawley) at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA. In 1999, Lippa contributed three new songs  to the Broadway version of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and created all new arrangements. He wrote the music and co-wrote the book (with Tom Greenwald) for john & jen, which played in New York City in 1995 at The Lamb's Theater. In addition to Asphalt Beach, Lippa is currently writing the scores (music and lyrics) for Disney Theatrical Productions' The Man in the Ceiling (book by original book author Jules Feiffer) and Jerry Christmas (book by Daniel Goldfarb).

"Andrew Lippa, Asphalt Beach and Assorted Divas" is produced by Jayson Raitt.

The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues).  There is a $25 cover plus a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call 212-206-0440.

Photo of Megan Lawrence by Ben Strothmann

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